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Species Boo
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Super Paper Mario (cameo as a poster) (2007)
“Lady Bow, your beauty is like the song of a nightingale in the evening. Indeed... I feel you've grown into a fine young girl who'd make your ancestors proud!”
Bootler, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Bootler is a Boo butler who works for Lady Bow in Boo's Mansion during the events of Paper Mario. He also acts as her personal adviser. Bootler is very over-protective of Lady Bow, and initially opposes her joining Mario on his quest to defeat Tubba Blubba (and even then wishes to go along with her, though she does not acquiesce). This protective behavior towards his mistress makes him similar to Toadsworth.

His name is a pun on "Boo" and "butler". Goombario states that "his title would be 'butler'" upon tattling Bootler, indicating that the portmanteau in his name may have simply been caused by the unique Boo speech patterns seen exclusively in Paper Mario (which do indeed involve replacing words and parts of words with "Boo"). He, the Boo portraits found on the second floor of Boo's Mansion, and later Mario and Luigi's Boo forms all have facial hair.

A sprite of Bootler from Paper Mario

Bootler seems to have a certain connection with Lady Bow's ancestors. He constantly reminds her that the ancestors would be displeased if she was harmed in any way. According to a seemingly knowledgeable Toad found near Toad Town's port, Bootler was once in love with Lady Bow's grandmother, who was apparently Boo's Mansion's mistress during Bow's early childhood. This Toad also reveals that, in his youth, Bootler traveled the globe with Goompa and Koopa Koot.

After Mario defeats the Shadow Queen in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Lady Bow and Bootler go to Poshley Heights for a nice vacation, where Mario can talk to them.

In Paper Mario, Bootler scares Fice T. and Mario at the entrance of Forever Forest. When he frightens people, he grows to many times his normal size and screams at the victim. Bootler seems to enjoy scaring Fice T., as implied in the letter he sent to him. Bootler has also written Lady Bow a letter expressing his worry about her safety, which the player can read at the Toad Town Post Office.

Bootler also makes a cameo appearance in Super Paper Mario, as a poster of Francis's collection.


Paper Mario (Goombario)
  • "He's a Boo called Bootler. He's the manager of the mansion and the personal assistant of Lady Bow. Ordinarily his title would be "butler." Being a butler is hard work. Hmm... Maybe I'm just imagining this, but doesn't it look like he's enjoying himself? Maybe he likes hard work??"
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Goombella)
  • "That's Bootler. He's Bow's butler... but what does a butler do, exactly? It looks like he only listens to Bow, so I guess he wouldn't answer me if I asked..."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese セバスチャン
Sebastian; a common name used for butler characters in Japanese media

Chinese 嘘嘘管家
Xūxū Guǎnjiā
Boo Butler

French Majordôme
Pun on majordome ("butler") and fantôme ("ghost")
German Buhutler
Pun on "butler" and Buu Huu ("Boo")
Italian Boolindo
From "Boo" and lindo ("clean")
Spanish Ambrosio
From "ἀμβρόσιος" (ámbrósios, Greek adjective for "immortal")


  • Bootler is the only minor character in the Paper Mario series to make a visual appearance in three of six games, aside from Whacka, who is likely three different Whackas in all his appearances, as there is more than one Whacka.